Drawing superlative praise from a litany of clients, Linklaters LLP has a near-unrivalled reputation for blockbuster public company deals, working with dozens of FTSE 100 entities on a wealth of multi-billion pound transactions. Global corporate head Simon Branigan manages a number of the firm’s most consequential client relationships, with recent highlights including acquisitions and disposals in the consumer goods, mining, and software sectors. Owen Clay – another key relationship partner for a diverse roster of market-leading corporates – possesses considerable expertise in conventional energy matters, as well as in TMT and manufacturing deals. Dan Schuster-Woldan is principally noted for his insurance sector acumen. Spearheading the team’s fintech offering, UK ring-fencing regime expert Fionnghuala Griggs is sought out by numerous financial institutions for her capabilities in multi-jurisdictional M&A and consortium deals. Derek Tong, who chairs the UK tech department, continues to handle high-value, cross-border matters, including strategic acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional carve-outs. Sarah Flaherty is set to leave the practice for Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP, while Nick Rumsby is set to leave for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ in London
Aedamar Comiskey; Simon Branigan; James Inglis; David Martin
Other key lawyers:
Owen Clay; Dan Schuster-Woldan; Fionnghuala Griggs; Derek Tong; Ian Hunter
‘Professionalism, depth of talent, wide range of expertise.’
‘Best corporate lawyers in town!’
‘When dealing with transactions of this size, it is imperative to have the right team in place – Linklaters are that team.’
‘Very competent and highly experienced, as well as diverse.’
Tate & Lyle
- Advising G4S plc on its recommended £3.8bn cash offer from Allied Universal and its takeover defence against a hostile offer from Garda World.
- Advising CK Hutchison on the €10bn sale of its large portfolio of telecommunications towers assets in Europe to Cellnex, the Spanish telecoms infrastructure company.
- Advising Caesars Entertainment in relation to its recommended cash offer for William Hill plc.
Trusted by more than two thirds of the FTSE 100, Slaughter and May remains the preeminent public company advisor for premium deals, acting on impressive array of divestitures, acquisitions, de-mergers, and buyouts – both domestic and international in nature. The corporate and M&A practice is now jointly led by Simon Nicholls and Richard Smith, who recently succeeded the heavyweight duo of Andy Ryde and Roland Turnill. The firm is routinely engaged on multi-billion pound transactions across a multitude of sectors, ranging from insurance to consumer goods. Senior partner Steve Cooke ’s far-reaching expertise is especially concentrated in takeover bids, while David Johnson ’s recent highlights include major transatlantic demergers and subsequent LSE main market listings. Simon Nicholls is recommended for his broad cross-border M&A capabilities, most recently for clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors. Commercial contracts specialist Victoria MacDuff is particularly noted for her capabilities in financial services, TMT, and real estate deals, while data privacy co-chair Rebecca Cousin‘s recent engagements include high-value transactions in the energy and financial services sectors. Sally Wokes maintains a wide-ranging practice, advising high-profile clients from the worlds of tech, retail, energy, and infrastructure. Robert Innes co-chairs the tech transactions group, while the ‘truly impressive’ James Cook – who was promoted to partner in May 2021 – often advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions concerning emerging markets.
Simon Nicholls; Richard Smith
Other key lawyers:
Andy Ryde; Roland Turnill; Steve Cooke; David Johnson; Simon Nicholls; Victoria Macduff; Sally Wokes; Rebecca Cousin; James Cook; Natalie Cook
‘The advice obtained is always to the point and easy to digest (even on complicated matters) and always provided in a timely manner.’
‘All members of the team are on hand to provide advice and guidance in a timely manner.’
‘Extremely collaborative and work seamlessly to cover different areas of the transaction based on their respective specialisations.’
‘All members of the team are on hand to provide advice and guidance in a timely manner. Particular stand out corporate M&A partners include Rebecca Cousin.’
‘Richard Smith was essential; he handled all Q&A sessions with poise and command; with strong strategic agility and control over the proceedings.’
‘James Cook showed extreme versatility, and demonstrated full command over every nuanced detail; he was always responsive and on the ball. He was truly impressive as a young partner, and demonstrated a real partnership mindset to all that he did. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any project moving forward.’
- Advising Ultra Electronics Holdings on a recommended cash acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Ultra by Cobham Ultra Acquisitions Limited.
- Advised Reckitt Benckiser Group plc on the sale of its Infant Formula and Child Nutrition business in China to Primavera Capital Group, a China-based private equity company, for $2.2bn.
- Advised Fortress and Oppidum Bidco Limited on its offer for Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC in the largest UK private equity buy-out since KKR’s offer for Boots in 2007.
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP draws significant praise from clients for its ‘brilliant technical knowledge‘ and ‘commercially minded‘ approach. Global co-chair Richard Browne, the ‘wonderful’ Annabelle Croker, and the ‘superb’ Alex Tilley are among those recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Hugh Robinson; Dominic Morris; Alex Tilley; Annabelle Croker
‘Very experienced and well resourced team, responsive, flexible and eager to provide solutions.’
‘Hugh Robinson is very helpful, diligent, experienced, quickly grasps the business needs and is willing to accommodate the client.’
‘Very well-organised and responsive, and very commercially minded.’
‘Dominic Morris stays across the detail while remaining very commercially minded and pragmatic – very responsive and knows when to weigh in on a deal.’
‘Alex Tilley is all over every aspect of the detail while remaining very commercially focused and pragmatic. A superb lawyer; one of the best in the business.’
‘Excellent availability and brilliant technical knowledge – applied in a personal and pragmatic fashion.’
‘Richard Browne and Annabelle Croker are a really wonderful pair of lead partners for us. They are available, human, and very interested to understand our business and how they can best add to it.’
In the wake of an impressive run which has seen the team advising the likes of Telefónica, Cellnex, and Chrysaor Holdings on market-leading transactions, Clifford Chance LLP continues to handle numerous multi-billion pound deals for an impressive range of financial sponsors and FTSE 350 corporates. Practice co-chair Melissa Fogarty‘s recent highlights include big-ticket telecoms acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional divestitures in the financial services sector, while consultant Tim Lewis‘ takeover expertise has seen him handling major cross-border deals for leading multinational insurers. A number of leading banks and retailers routinely turn to David Pudge for assistance in public takeovers and stock exchange matters. Steven Fox‘s comprehensive sector focus sees him handling public and private M&A work for a mix of international corporations, investment banks, and financial institutions. Gareth Camp is noted for his expertise in healthcare, consumer goods, and retail sector deals, while Katherine Moir‘s cross-border capabilities encompass public acquisitions, take-privates, and combinations. David Lewis left the practice in January 2022.
Melissa Fogarty; Nigel Wellings
Other key lawyers:
Guy Norman; Steven Fox; David Pudge; Gareth Camp; Katherine Moir; James Bole
London Stock Exchange Group
- Advised Gamesys Group on its combination with Bally’s Corporation.
- Advising Citi on its announced exit from consumer banking in 13 jurisdictions in Asia and Europe.
- Advised Philip O’Doherty, founder of the E&I Engineering Group, and other management shareholders, on their disposal of E&I Engineering Ireland Limited, and its affiliate, Powerbar Gulf LLC.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP possesses an impressive roster of UK-listed corporates, who turn to the team for assistance in multi-billion pound transactions across a diverse range of sectors. Key recent highlights for the group include National Grid’s blockbuster acquisition of Western Power Distribution, driven by the prolific public takeover specialist Caroline Rae. Global M&A chair Gavin Davies continues to advise on multi-jurisdictional deals across the worlds of financial services, telecoms, and technology, while UK corporate chief Stephen Wilkinson‘s recent engagements include competitive auction sales in the health sector. James Palmer, a specialist in cross-border M&A involving the US and Europe, works closely with leading UK manufacturers, energy companies, and financial institutions on the full gamut of transactional, regulatory, and commercial issues. Senior associate Harriet Forrest is recommended for international public M&A, while Siddhartha Shukla – who was promoted to partner in May 2022 – is praised by clients for his capabilities in TMT, tech, and real estate deals.
Other key lawyers:
James Palmer; Stephen Wilkinson; Caroline Rae; Harriet Forrest; Siddhartha Shukla
‘The best in the business. Expertise, responsiveness, good client communication and explanation, and can hold their own with anyone on the other side.’
‘Able to comfortably handle multi-jurisdictional, multi-party, regulated industry M&A transactions.’
‘Caroline Rae is very pragmatic, and client service is impeccable. She takes personal responsibility for making sure we are happy with all aspects of the advice.’
‘Gavin Davies provides experience and strategic insights.’
‘Caroline Rae offers strong commercial guidance and industry knowledge.’
‘Commercial, pragmatic, and responsive.’
‘High performing and collaborative team with good commercial skills.’
‘Sid Shukla is a capable and safe pair of hands to lead on any matter.’
Acacia Research Corporation
Associated British Foods
British American Tobacco
Capital & Countries Properties
Comcast (formerly Sky)
Ennismore International Management Limited
GIC Infra Holdings Pte Ltd
Gulf Keystone Petroleum
Lloyds Banking Group
Moneysupermarket.com Group Plc
Qatar Investment Authority
The UNITE Group
Virgin Media O2
Willis Towers Watson
- Advised National Grid on its £14.2bn acquisition of Western Power Distribution from PPL Corporation.
- Advised OneWeb on a number of linked transactions which were completed following UK Government and Bharti’s acquisition of OneWeb from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
- Represented Stagecoach Group in the recommended £2bn all-share combination of National Express Group plc and Stagecoach Group plc.
Fielding one of the deepest benches outside the Magic Circle, Latham & Watkins handles a considerable volume of cross-border deals for a sterling roster of blue-chip UK and global corporations. Over the past year, the US firm's London office has added a number of household names to its UK M&A client list, ranging from multinational telecom providers to steel manufacturers. Practice co-chair Richard Butterwick is a highly experienced specialist in public takeovers, advising a litany of entities from the worlds of chemicals, technology, and healthcare. Co-chair Farah O’Brien helms many of the London office’s most high-value transactions, with recent highlights including transatlantic and Europe-wide divestitures for media companies and asset management firms. Global M&A co-chair Ed Barnett is widely regarded for his abilities in cross-border transactions in the consumer goods, technology, entertainment, and sports sectors, while Nick Cline ‘s recent engagements include multi-billion pound telecoms acquisitions. Sam Newhouse‘s wide-ranging public and private M&A expertise ensures that he is consistently engaged by some of the world’s biggest companies on a host of strategically significant deals. The ‘excellent’ Robbie McLaren focuses on cross-border deals for clients in life sciences, healthcare, and tech. Emily Cridland is equally recommended for her capabilities across the pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare sectors.
Richard Butterwick; Farah O’Brien
Other key lawyers:
Nick Cline; Ed Barnett; Sam Newhouse; Robbie McLaren; Emily Cridland
‘We used Latham for a complicated European de-SPAC merger and associated listing. They are one of only a handful of firms that really have the depth and breadth of experience to be able to run one of these deals. The team is large and works well together. Latham compared very favourably to the law firm on the other side of the table. They are broadly commercially pragmatic and results-driven. The team is always available and delivers to tight timelines.’
‘Robbie McLaren is excellent to work with. He provides sound commercial advice and is straightforward.’
‘Their professionalism, acting for our best interests, and provision of the best-in-class legal advice was all very obvious, but also with a very clear commercial angle to it all which is often missing amongst legal teams.’
‘The team have impressive resources and global reach, but deploy small and dedicated teams who really know my business. This enables them to scale up when needed without losing the personal touch. I really feel like they care about my transaction as much as I do.’
‘I cannot recommend Farah O’Brien and Jon Fox highly enough. As one would expect, legally excellent but also highly commercial and practical in their approach and advice.’
‘Impressive resources and global reach, but deploy small and dedicated teams who really know my business. This enables them to scale up when needed without losing the personal touch. I really feel like they care about my transaction as much as I do.’
Alliance Pharma plc
Bloom & Wild
London Stock Exchange
NRG Energy, Inc
- Advised 888 Holdings on its agreement to acquire the international (non-US) business of William Hill at an enterprise value of £2.2bn.
- Advised Viasat Inc. on its definitive agreement with Inmarsat under which Viasat will acquire Inmarsat in a transaction valued at $7.3bn.
- Advised Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd on its definitive agreement for a business combination with Broadstone Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP‘s ascendant London team is consolidating its strong position in the market, working with a burgeoning roll call of FTSE 100 blue-chips on an ever more lucrative volume of cross-border M&A transactions. The practice’s combined US and English law capabilities, and position in capital markets-driven deals makes the firm a strong choice for a diverse roster of companies operating in the worlds of tech, retail, transport, energy, and media – among others. Practice co-chair Scott Hopkins continues to underscore his reputation as one of the leading UK deal advisors, with recent highlights including multi-billion pound joint acquisitions and divestitures in the consumer goods and real estate arenas. Global transactional co-chair Lorenzo Corte‘s recent run has seen him handling blockbuster de-SPAC transactions for major energy and biotech players, while Bruce Embley has been focused on major transnational deals in the logistics and telecoms sectors. The highly rated George Knighton has been at the helm of big-ticket financial services and insurance M&A, whereas Simon Toms is particularly noted for the depth of his fintech and media expertise. Following her promotion to partner last year, Ani Kusheva has handled cross-border transactions and public takeovers for clients in the manufacturing sector, an area in which associate Sarah Knapp also excels. Hugely influential global transactions head Scott Simpson sadly passed away in May 2022.
Lorenzo Corte; Scott Hopkins
Other key lawyers:
Bruce Embley; George Knighton; Simon Toms; Denis Klimentchenko; Ani Kusheva; Sarah Knapp
‘The team is extremely accommodating. They very knowledgeable about their practice and our sector, and are always on hand to offer quick, straightforward advice.’
‘George Knighton stands out. He offers extremely practical, commercial advice and is always willing to go out of his way to assist.’
RMG Acquisition Corporate II
Central Group and SIGNA Holding
Kismet Acquisition One
Globalworth Real Estate Investments
Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp.
Speciality Chemicals International
Issa Brothers and TDR Capital
International Paper Company
Mobile Telephone Networks Proprietary Limited
Raymond James Financial, Inc
- Advised RMG Acquisition Corporation II on its business combination with ReNew Power to list on the NASDAQ in an $8bn transaction.
- Advising Wolt Enterprises Oy on its acquisition by DoorDash, Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately €7.5bn.
- Advising Thailand’s Central Group and the Austrian property company Signa, in their joint approximately £4bn acquisition of the UK-based department store chain Selfridges from its current owners, the Weston family.
Roundly praised by clients for its cross-border capabilities and depth of expertise, Ashurst‘s corporate team is regularly engaged by many FTSE 100 companies, ranging from leading investment banks and asset management funds to energy providers and infrastructure players. Global chair Karen Davies continues to helm a significant proportion of big-ticket, cross-border transactions – most recently for clients in tech, life sciences, and healthcare. Practice co-chair Nick Williamson is a highly active EMEA dealmaker who focuses chiefly on the energy and natural resources sectors, while the comparably prolific Tom Mercer is noted for his takeover and merger expertise. Beyond his work as a strategic and corporate governance advisor, James Fletcher‘s diverse transactional focus encompasses financial services, retail, and engineering, whereas Harry Thimont is recommended for his takeover code acumen. Senior associate Hayley Gow is noted for her investment banking expertise. Fellow senior associate Aimee Carroll-Hewitt – who largely focuses on public takeovers – is also recommended.
Nick Williamson; Karen Davies
Other key lawyers:
Tom Mercer; James Fletcher; Harry Thimont; Hayley Gow; Aimee Carroll-Hewitt
‘Market-leading practice, containing real experts. Proven track record, well positioned to advise on cross-border projects. Strong presence in a number of countries. Provides very timely and excellent advice and are willing to go the extra mile.’
‘Nick Williamson is a very experienced dealmaker, on the ball and always there when you need him. Great team lead for multi-jurisdictional projects, pleasant boardroom advisor, and above all, a sensible lawyer providing excellent quality service. Very knowledgeable and reliable and is a delight to work with. Really provides added value and always delivers.’
Babcock International Group
Kier Group plc
- Advised Morrisons on its £7.3bn takeover by CDR.
- Advised PPL Corporation on the £7.8bn sale of UK electricity distribution group Western Power Distribution (“WPD”) to National Grid.
- Advised AVEVA Group on its $5bn acquisition of OSIsoft including its $2.8bn rights issue.
Noted for the near unparalleled scale of its domestic and international network, CMS possesses considerable strength in the energy, infrastructure, and technology sectors, handling a considerable volume of big-ticket cross-border transactions for many of the major market players. The practice is jointly helmed by Victoria Henry, a corporatised real estate and investment fund specialist, and Charles Currier, whose recent highlights include multi-billion pound gas acquisitions and disposals. In addition to spearheading the team’s consumer goods M&A offering, international corporate group head Louise Wallace also possesses significant expertise in hotel and leisure sector transactions – where she works on a significant number of multi-jurisdictional deals. Veteran practitioner Simon Morgan advises widely on corporate transactional matters, acting for clients from the worlds of TMT, life sciences, and healthcare, while Tom Jameson is principally noted for his wide-ranging tech acumen. In January 2022, the team was strengthened by the arrival of private equity and infrastructure-focused Edward Holmes from Clifford Chance, and financial services specialist Emma Clark from Linklaters.
Victoria Henry; Charles Currier
Other key lawyers:
Louise Wallace; Tom Jameson; Edward Holmes; Emma Clark
‘They retained knowledge of us as a client and were conversant with the regulatory requirements affecting us.’
‘Responsive, well (but not over) resourced teams, great access to regulatory experts.’
Eaton Corporation plc
Blue Prism Group
The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc
Neo Energy Upstream UK Limited
- Advised Eaton Corporation plc on the EMEA aspects of the divestiture of its $3bn Global Hydraulics Business to Danfoss A/S.
- Advised on the £900m acquisition of Punch Pubs by Fortress Investment Group.
- Advised Neo Energy Upstream UK Limited on the acquisition of JX Nippon Exploration and Production U.K. Limited.
Macfarlanes LLP draws considerable praise from clients, who turn to the team for its ‘creativity‘ and ‘invaluable strategic advice‘ in big-ticket, cross-border transactions. The team has recently advised on a number of multi-billion pound transatlantic deals in the pharmaceutical and tech sectors, driven by the highly regarded international specialist Harry Coghill. Practice chair Howard Corney is a key port of call for various investors, family offices, and business seeking assistance in cross-border M&A – particularly in deals with an African dimension. Justin Hope is reputed for his capabilities in transactions involving asset-backed entities, while Tom Rose is lauded for his far-reaching transatlantic expertise – most recently fielding instructions from multinational tech companies and manufacturers. Associate Emma Bailey also comes highly recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Harry Coghill; Justin Hope; Tom Rose; Emma Bailey; Tom French
‘Harry Coghill is smart, thoughtful, and personable.’
‘The team is commercial and solutions-orientated, and a pleasure to do business with. They are at the forefront of the market and provide invaluable strategic advice.’
‘Tom Rose is a stand-out commercially focused and technically astute M&A lawyer with exceptional client skills who gets the best from his team. He always delivers.’
‘Tom French is technically brilliant, with the ability to command and control highly complex transactions effortlessly.’
‘Tom Rose is a great partner. Exceptionally brainy, hands-on, commercial, and puts the client first.’
‘Emma Bailey is the best associate I have ever worked with in 30 years.’
‘Tom French is very bright and good to work with – a great lateral thinker.’
‘A strong client-centric approach that prioritises creativity, thoroughness and attention to detail in achieving their client’s goals.’
Binderholz UK Holding Limited
Caledonia Investments plc
Finsbury Glover Hering
Genius Sports Group
Hampshire Trust Bank
Improbable Worlds Limited
Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc
KPS Capital Partners
M7 Real Estate
William Pears Group
- Advising NortonLifeLock Inc. (NLL) on its recommended cash and stock merger with FTSE 100 company Avast plc in a transaction attributing an enterprise value to Avast of up to $9.2bn.
- Advising Terminix Global Holdings, Inc. on its recommended stock and cash combination with FTSE 100 company Rentokil Initial plc.
- Advising Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc on its acquisition of GW Pharmaceuticals plc for a total consideration of $7.2bn, comprising cash of $6.55bn and stock of $650m, by way of a UK scheme of arrangement.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s ‘very strong’ London practice attracts wide acclaim for its closely tied PE and M&A expertise, regularly working with some of the largest financial sponsors in the world on multi-billion dollar deals. The transactional team is headed up by Ben Spiers, a highly ‘experienced and assured‘ public and private M&A advisor who specialises in the full scope of TMT work. Clare Gaskell is routinely instructed by a host of private equity firms, who turn to her for her capabilities in cross-border transactions – including IPOs and restructurings. Amy Mahon‘s recent highlights include big-ticket transport and infrastructure sector deals, while hugely experienced public company takeover expert Adam Signy is 'the benchmark for everyone else - adept at dealing with everyone from chairman to the mailroom'. James Howe continues to concentrate his position as one of the practice’s most prolific advisors, advising on major deals for clients in the telecom and consultation sectors. Jiaying Zhang is noted for her far-reaching expertise across a number of sectors, ranging from energy to consumer goods.
Other key lawyers:
Adam Signy; Clare Gaskell; Amy Mahon; James Howe; Jiaying Zhang
‘The standard setters in London for deals – high quality legal advice, commercial approach, lightning fast response, great availability and strong depth of team.’
‘Adam Signy – the benchmark for everyone else, has the gravitas for the boardroom and the common touch for the bar, adept at dealing with everyone from chairman to the mailroom. Quality advice and strong in both private and public spheres – a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Ben Spiers – another who has both public and private M&A strength, commercial approach, very responsive and executes strongly.’
‘Very strong team for both public and private M&A, very experienced with private equity sponsors, and work well with their acquisition finance team.’
‘Ben Spiers is very experienced, very assured and generates confidence with business people.’
‘James Howe is a strong lawyer who works hard to deliver good outcomes in difficult deals.’
Astorg Asset Management
The Blackstone Group
Blackstone Real Estate Partners
Bruin Sports Capital
The Carlyle Group
CBRE Group Inc.
CVC Capital Partners
EQT International Holdings B.V.
Garda World Security Corporation
Global Infrastructure Partners
Hellman & Friedman
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Lone Star Funds
Melrose Industries PLC
Silver Lake Partners
Vista Equity Partners
- Advised Melrose Industries in the sale of its Nortek Air Management business to Madison Industries.
- Advising Baring Private Equity Asia in its acquisition by EQT AB.
- Advising Blackstone, Macquarie and CDP in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Autostrade per l’Italia.
Noted for its capabilities at the intersection of private equity and M&A, the ‘remarkable’ Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP handles a formidable volume of high-value deals for some of the world’s foremost listed corporates and financial sponsors. London M&A head David Avery-Gee enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the market’s premier EMEA transactional lawyers, helming blockbuster transactions in a myriad of sectors, including e-commerce, pharmaceutical, and natural resources. Following his arrival in April 2021, Murray Cox has fast established himself as a prolific advisor, handling a diverse array of multi-billion pound takeover bids, acquisitions, and divestitures. Managing partner Mike Francies continues to handle big-ticket, cross-border deals, most recently for clients in the electric vehicle and financial services arenas. Max Oppenheimer is also recommended.
David Avery-Gee; Michael Francies
Other key lawyers:
Murray Cox; Max Oppenheimer
‘Led by very experienced partners who are closely involved in the deals with very good junior partners and associates to deliver full service on complex transactions.’
‘Michael Francies is an exceptional lawyer with huge experience, calm approach in difficult situations and wins confidence of business people very well.’
‘Max Oppenheimer is a very strong lawyer with great experience and good industry knowledge.’
‘The structuring of the deal and thought put into client engagement has been remarkable.’
‘They put a lot of care into client relationships.’
Soul Foods Group
- Advised Gores Guggenheim, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of The Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital, on its pending $20bn business combination with Polestar Performance AB.
- Advised Ares and Goldman Sachs on their participation in CD&R’s takeover of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, which valued the British supermarket at £10.2bn including debt.
- Advised an affiliate of Lone Star Funds on the €5.2bn sale of MBCC Group to Sika.
Praised for its, ‘outstanding commerciality, solutions-driven approach, and outside-the-box thinking‘, Baker McKenzie regularly handles multi-jurisdictional transactions for a diverse array of multinationals, particularly in the consumer goods and life sciences arenas. The group is jointly led by three partners: Jane Hobson , who heads up the private M&A desk; Helen Bradley , an ‘excellent collaborator’ who chairs the public M&A and capital markets division; and Jannan Crozier , a ‘tenacious‘ advisor who additionally serves as global M&A practice head. The ‘excellent‘ consumer goods and retail co-chair David Scott also regularly handles large-scale deals for various blue-chip tech entities, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare operators. Senior associates Tina Hartwright, Indhu Birdy, and Patrick Edwards are also recommended. The team continues its expansion efforts with the hires of Indian-market focused Ash Tiwari and carve-out specialist Rakesh Rathod, who recently joined the team from Allen & Overy LLP.
Jane Hobson; Helen Bradley; Jannan Crozier
Other key lawyers:
David Scott; Ash Tiwari; Rakesh Rathod; Indhu Birdy; Patrick Edwards; Tina Hartwright
‘Outstanding commerciality, solution driven approach, and outside the box thinking. Excellent technically and a pleasure to deal with. Good value for money.’
‘Tina Hartwright is extremely smart and capable. A pleasure to deal with.’
‘The team is very flexible, always available, and prompt with their feedback. They are great collaborators and work very well under time constraints. Their billing is very reasonable and can further be discussed if issues arise.’
‘Helen Bradley was an excellent collaborator. We worked extensively together, and her input and assistance was invaluable.’
‘Extremely user-friendly team who go out of their way to build a relationship and make the process as easy as possible. A tenacious “can do” approach to working through the complex issues that arose in what was a unique set of circumstances.’
‘Jannan Crozier has a tenacious can-do approach to working through the complex issues that arose in what was a very unique set of circumstances. An adept ability to manage numerous conflicting stakeholders.’
‘Large geographic footprint for M&A support around the world. Very good, experienced set of M&A lawyers, covering all aspects. The team are always willing to help adapt to fit with client systems.’
‘David Scott is an excellent M&A lawyer. Applies his proactive, strategic practical advice very well to all circumstances, irrespective how complex and challenging a deal is. David is a master as leading the legal team for a deal, a very fine leader, proactively looking out for your best interests at all times along the usual bumpy M&A journey. Always working with a cost-efficient mindset, and always willing to take your call. Nothing is too much trouble for David.’
DS Smith plc
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc
QinetiQ Group Plc
Photo Me International
- Advised ICU Medical Inc, on its $2.7bn acquisition of Smiths Medical Division from Smiths Group plc (Smiths Medical and Smiths Group respectively), enabling it to entrench its position as a leading infusion therapy company with a stronger global reach.
- Advising on the proposed demerger from Olam International Limited of Olam Food Ingredients (ofi) and initial public offering of ofi, which is to have a primary listing on the premium segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange and a concurrent listing on the Singapore Exchange.
- Advised Vertiv on its $2bn acquisition of E&I Engineering Ireland Limited and its affiliate, Powerbar Gulf LLC, together a leading provider of electrical switchgear and power distribution systems.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s London office works with a host of asset managers, financial institutions, and other multinational entities on a broad range of high-value deals. Tihir Sarkar – a key port of call for numerous sovereign wealth funds – is particularly recommended for his expertise in emerging market transactions. Sam Bagot‘s recent engagements include multi-billion dollar transatlantic acquisitions, while Nallini Puri – a financial services M&A specialist – has latterly advised on big-ticket divestitures for a diverse corporate clientele. Michael James is noted for his capabilities in international consortium transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Tihir Sarkar; Sam Bagot; Naillini Puri; Michael James
Cascade Investment L.L.C.
Cerberus Capital Management
Tempur Sealy International Inc.
- Advised Euronext on its €4.4bn cash acquisition of the Borsa Italiana Group from London Stock Exchange Group.
- Advised Cascade Investment in the approximately $4.7bn acquisition of Signature Aviation, as part of a consortium with Blackstone and Global Infrastructure Partners.
- Advised Tempur Sealy International Inc. in its £340m acquisition of Dreams.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
A host of domestic and international corporates turn to the team at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for assistance in big-ticket transactions, most notably in the financial services, technology, consumer retail, and energy sectors. The prolific Europe practice head Will Pearce is noted for his expertise in private M&A and UK takeovers, advising a diverse roster of energy contractors, software companies, and consumer goods conglomerates, among others. Dan Hirschovits specialises in cross-border corporate finance transactions, most notably for clients in the tech and healthcare sectors, while counsel Joseph Scrace routinely advises on big-ticket public M&A deals, including media joint ventures and all-share acquisitions. Fellow counsel William Tong is noted for his experience in fintech and insurance M&A, and Chinese outbound investment transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Dan Hirschovits; Joseph Scrace; William Tong
BDT Capital Partners
- Advised Maersk Drilling on its all-stock merger with Noble Corporation.
- Advised SS&C Technologies in connection with its £1.24bn recommended cash offer to acquire the entire share capital of Blue Prism.
- Advised a Ferrero-related company on its acquisition of Burton’s Biscuit Company from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Drawing on its significant transatlantic platform, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher‘s London office is routinely engaged on high-stakes English and US law-governed transactions. Building on its established reputation for healthcare and energy M&A, the team has been increasingly active in the real estate and infrastructure sectors; areas in which cross-border advisor Mark Sperotto and asset management specialist Jeremy Kenley are key figures. The ‘outstanding’ Nick Tomlinson continues to helm more and more global carve-outs and regulated industry deals, while the firm’s ESG co-chair Selina Sagayam specialises in international corporate finance transactions and takeover bids. Notable new hires over the past 12 months include the private equity M&A focused Alice Brogi, projects and infrastructure co-chair Federico Fruhbeck, and digital infrastructure specialist Robert Dixon – all of whom arrived from Vinson & Elkins RLLP in October 2021 as part of an effort to build out the office’s PE transactions practice.
Other key lawyers:
Nick Tomlinson; Selina Sagayam; Mark Sperotto; Alice Brogi; Federico Fruhbeck; Robert Dixon
‘Excellent team in terms of technical capabilities in this M&A upper mid-market space.’
‘Nicholas Tomlinson provides outstanding client service.’
The Hut Group
Amryt Pharma PLC
L Catterton, Wittington Investments and Sweaty Betty
Investcorp Holdings BSC
Roundly praised by a diverse lineup of blue-chip clients, the ‘high-calibre’ corporate practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP leverages its significant transatlantic expertise to advise on a range of big-ticket, cross-border deals. Under the leadership of Patrick Sarch - whose personal recent engagements include billion-dollar investment transactions in the fintech space - the team advises on high-value transactions for clients in the retail, tech, media, real estate, and financial services sectors. Sarah Shaw, who co-chairs the firm’s energy and natural resources sector group, routinely helms multi-jurisdictional matters for various key industry players throughout Europe and the Far East. The ‘meticulous’ Jonathan Russell specialises in cross-border financial services and insurance M&A, while Tom Brassington is comparably well regarded for his capabilities in the life sciences and healthcare arenas. The ‘dedicated, nimble, and proactive‘ John Connell is recommended for his adeptness in financial services deals. Ben Higson left the practice in November 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Russell; Sarah Shaw; John Connell; Tom Brassington
‘A high-calibre team that works effectively across its international offices, offering clients a seamless and professional service.’
‘Jonathan Russell pays meticulous attention to detail whilst quickly understanding the broader commercial needs of the client. A good sounding board who is happy to “challenge” in order to guide the best outcome for the client.’
‘Strong, cohesive and responsive team who provided excellent support on a complex transaction. Effectively managed the law firm providing local legal advice to provide a seamless service. The multifaceted team provided excellent, pragmatic advice on a range of issues including M&A, employment, tax, IP, privacy, and public law.’
‘Tom Brassington provided excellent support and worked with a dedicated, professional team who were a pleasure to work with.’
‘High quality lawyers who provide superior client service.’
‘Patrick Sarch is a star hire with broad experience and an innovative and open mindset.’
‘Ever available, John Connell stands out for his dedicated, nimble, and proactive approach to deal management.’
- Advised Clipper Logistics plc on its recommended circa £1bn cash and shares takeover offer by GXO Logistics, Inc.
- Advised Patron Capital Partners (Patron) on its sale of Punch Pubs to private equity firm Fortress Investment Group.
- Advised European FinTech IPO Company 1 (EFIC1), a special purpose acquisition company, on its business combination with Dutch tech firm Azerion, at an enterprise value of €1.3bn.
Steered by EMEA head Raj Karia, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s ‘outstanding’ team is well regarded for the depth of its international network and capabilities in big-ticket transactions – most notably in the energy space. Global banking head Alan Bainbridge works with a number of financial institutions on strategic deals, with noteworthy recent engagements related to the aviation and infrastructure sectors. Paul Whitelock – who co-chairs the public M&A group – and the ‘brilliant’ Kit McCarthy are recommended for their expertise in LSE Main Market and AIM takeovers, while the ‘fantastic’ Jon Perry’s capabilities are concentrated in food, commodities, and mining. A host of issuers and investment banks regularly turn to Fiona Millington for assistance in cross-border sponsor transactions, whereas Bayo Odubeko is a key port of call for high-value emerging market deals across the worlds of oil and gas, financial services, and telecoms.
Other key lawyers:
Alan Bainbridge; Paul Whitelock; Jon Perry; Fiona Millington; Bayo Odubeko; Zahra Sachedina; Kit McCarthy
‘An outstanding team and a unique cross border structure which allows the M&A practice to deliver strategic advice and market knowledge, all with a business-driven approach. Its foreign desks connect with the UK office and easily navigate through the cultural and market differences, always focused on the client’s best result. A top-notch firm, very available, and updated about market trends and practices.’
‘Jon Perry is a fantastic M&A partner and was a key part of our recent successful transaction. Very available, technical and precise with his advice.’
‘The team, led by Fiona Millington, was overwhelmingly female. We did not choose the firm on that basis, but it was remarked upon as refreshing by colleagues as the deal progressed.’
‘Laura Vasey demonstrated a very impressive ability to stay on top of a variety of complex and sometimes rather niche issues that emanated from numerous sources in rapid succession.’
‘Supported us in a successful defence against a hostile bid and subsequent disruptive resolutions at a general meeting. Knew the new takeover rules backwards, with a partner having worked at panel previously.’
‘Kit McCarthy was a brilliant partner in defending a takeover – clear on rules, pragmatic in advice and drafting ended up being both compliant and clear.’
Bank of Montreal
Delta Air Lines
Lloyds Banking Group
Terra Firma Capital Partners
Modern Times Group (MTG)
Mr. Jisheng Gao
BMO Financial Group
Equatorial Energia SA
Kerry Group plc
Goldman Sachs & J.P. Morgan
B of A Securities
RBC Capital Markets
Charles Stanley Group plc
- Advising Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan as financial advisers to CDR on its competing recommended cash offer of £7bn for WM Morrison Supermarkets plc.
- Advising Modern Times Group on the sale of ESL Gaming to the Savvy Gaming Group for $1.05bn.
- Advising Equatorial Energia SA on the acquisition of Echoenergia Participações SA for $1.2bn.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is widely regarded for the depth of its transatlantic capabilities, advising on major US and English law governed deals for clients operating in a host of industries, including online gaming, life sciences, and infrastructure. London managing partner Richard Pollack is highly experienced in cross-border M&A transactions across a diverse range of sectors, most recently for clients in shipping and consumer goods, among others. Jeremy Kutner’s expertise in takeovers and restructurings makes him a key port of call for many of the firm’s key clients, while Ben Perry’s cross-border M&A acumen encompasses both public and private transactions in the tech, gaming, and financial services arenas. Vanessa Blackmore‘s wide-ranging practice sees her regularly advising both corporates and private equity houses on multi-jurisdictional strategic transactions.
Richard Pollack; Ben Perry; Jeremy Kutner
Other key lawyers:
Travers Smith LLP's 'strong technical knowledge' and expertise in public takeovers makes it a firm favourite for dozens of FTSE250 listed clients from the worlds of technology, infrastructure, and financial services. Corporate head Spencer Summerfield anchors the practice's infrastructure offering, with recent noteworthy engagements including transatlantic take-privates and strategic disposals. M&A and ECM chief Andrew Gillen works with a sizeable international clientele on cross-border transactions and inbound investment matters, while UK Takeover Code expert Richard Spedding is regularly called upon for assistance in private M&A and demergers. Tom Coulter's comprehensive transactional focus encompasses cross-border joint ventures, IPOs, mergers - particularly in the media sector. Senior associate Hugh Hutchison comes highly recommended for infrastructure-based private M&A projects.
Spencer Summerfield; Andrew Gillen
Other key lawyers:
Richard Spedding; Tom Coulter; Hugh Hutchison; Neal Watson; Adrian West; Jonathan Walters; Mohammed Senouci
‘Problem solvers – always finding a way to get the deal done.’
‘To the point, transparent, combined with strong technical knowledge – rare to find!’
Brown & Brown, inc
Kabanga Nickel and Lifezone
- Advised FTSE 250 wealth manager Brewin Dolphin on its recommended £1.6bn takeover by RBC Wealth Management.
- Advised Inflexion and all other shareholders, on the sale of Medivet to CVC Capital Partners VIII.
- Advised Brown & Brown, Inc. on its entry into the agreement to acquire Global Risk Partners, one of the largest independent insurance intermediaries in the UK.
Leveraging its reputation as a ‘powerhouse global firm’, White & Case LLP‘s corporate practice possesses a deep bench of advisors who routinely helm high-stakes cross-border deals. Steered by healthcare and infrastructure specialist Philip Broke, the practice is additionally well regarded for its capabilities in the energy and financial services sectors. Allan Taylor, who co-chairs the EMEA corporate practice, anchors the practice’s natural resources offering – working with a mix of oil, gas, and mining companies on acquisitions, divestitures, and IPOs. Margot Lindsay is similarly recommended for her oil and gas sector acumen, as well as her capabilities in infrastructure and healthcare deals. Variously praised by clients, the ‘first-class’ Guy Potel heads up the global fintech practice group, while Tom Matthews spearheads the firm’s EMEA shareholder activism practice. A litany of domestic and international banks routinely turn to Hyder Jumabhoy for representation in the full scope of corporate transactions, ranging from M&A to joint ventures and multi-jurisdictional restructurings. Associate Sonica Tolani also comes recommended. Mining and metals specialist David Lewis joined in January 2022 from Clifford Chance LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Allan Taylor; Guy Potel; Hyder Jumabhoy; Margot Lindsay; Tom Matthews; Sonica Tolani; James Turner
‘A powerhouse global firm that can capably and perceptively advise on any M&A transaction, of any size, anywhere in the world, using global resources to work 24/7 if necessary. They cut straight to the chase, facilitate positive results, and are extremely experienced and client-focused.’
‘James Turner is a rising star, running multi-jurisdictional M&A with a responsiveness and professionalism that is beyond his years.’
‘Hyder Jumabhoy is very diligent and helpful, with a strong commitment and able to deliver at short notice.’
‘Excellent knowledge of the market, long experience, technical legal knowledge and exceptional business approach.’
‘It is a very international firm – more so than their magic circle peers – and the London office appears to reflect this in terms of diversity.’
‘Guy Potel epitomises White & Case and has been excellent. He is pragmatic, commercial and solution-driven. The sheer spectrum of expertise he covers is unusual nowadays, and his varied client base gives him a market insight that my business colleagues and I genuinely appreciate.’
‘Excellent technical skills, combined with good commercial awareness and a very down to earth manner.’
‘Guy Potel is simply a first-class operator. Engages at the right level, very bright but personable, and ensures he has the right team around him.’
Amigo Holdings Plc
The Co-operative Bank Plc
Kobalt Music Group
MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas Plc
Royal Bank of Canada
Triton Investment Management Limited
TT Bond Partners
Union Bank of Nigeria
Zegona Communications Plc
- Advised Avast on its $8.6bn merger with NortonLifeLock Inc.
- Advised Smiths Group on the sale of its largest division – Smiths Medical – to ICU Medical, Inc. for an enterprise value of $2.7bn.
- Advising Triton Investment Management Limited on its £1.3bn recommended takeover offer for Clinigen Group plc through funds managed by Triton Investment Management.
Akin Gump LLP is well regarded by a stellar mix of investment funds, financial institutions and corporates for its capabilities in international, private equity-driven corporate transactions. Practice co-chair Shaun Lascelles is a highly experienced cross-border advisor who specialises in energy sector deals involving emerging markets – most notably in the oil and gas space. Fellow co-chair Gavin Weir is highly rated for his broad public and private M&A expertise, encompassing financial services, technology, and life sciences. Public takeover expert Harry Keegan works with a strong mix of financial sponsors on numerous emerging market deals, whereas Weyinmi Popo focuses on Africa-focused private equity sponsors, family offices, and other strategic investors. Simon Rootsey is active across both African and Latin American jurisdictions, working regularly on hydrocarbon and life sciences deals. In December 2021, the team was bolstered by the arrival of buyout specialist Stephen Brown from Icon Law.
Shaun Lascelles; Gavin Weir
Other key lawyers:
Weyinmi Popo; Harry Keegan; Simon Rootsey Stephen Brown
‘The team has an excellent ability to master all commercial and legal aspects and to protect our commercial interest in circumstances we would not foresee ourselves. Clear pragmatic approach to resolve conflicts between parties, and an ability to provide the resources to get the job done even when the other party is not doing their part.’
‘Gavin Weir is a very clever, attentive, and problem-solving partner, with remarkable availability to ensure our commercial requirements were protected.’
‘Innovative thinking, very experienced, all-around team.’
‘Gavin Weir has provided outstanding legal support throughout a very complicated transaction. His deep understanding of the issues at hand, his business-oriented approach, and exceptional problem-solving attitude has been instrumental in the successful completion of the transaction.’
VPI Holding Ltd.
Emerging Capital Partners
Alpha Bank SA
Mediobanca S.p.A. and Cairn Capital Group Limited
Fortenova Grupa d.d.
CIIG Merger Corp.
Helios Investment Partners LLP
- Advising VIP II Blue B.V, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd (VIP II), in its $2.3bn takeover of Vivo Energy Plc.
- Represented the CIIG Merger Corp. SPAC in the $5.4bn merger with Arrival to form the NASDAQ-listed company, ARVL.
- Advising Cairn Capital, together with Mediobanca as its majority shareholder, on the terms of a strategic partnership in which Cairn Capital acquired and merged with Bybrook Capital LLP, a specialist distressed credit manager based in London.
The ‘outstanding‘ Greenberg Traurig, LLP draws considerable praise for the ‘impressive‘ quality of its partner-led London offering, particularly in the life sciences, financial services, and gaming sectors. The practice is jointly helmed by the firm’s vice chair Paul Maher and London managing shareholder Fiona Adams, both of whom are reputed for the breadth of their transactional expertise. Henrietta Walker routinely works with leading multinationals on cross-border deals, most recently for blue-chip car manufacturers and telecoms providers. Clients rate the ‘technically excellent’ Joel Wheeler for his extensive multi-jurisdictional capabilities, while Sarah Moyles is sought out by a litany of players from the worlds of telecoms, real estate, finance, and professional services.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Moyles; Joel Wheeler
‘Sarah Moyles is commercial and responsive.’
‘An outstanding team of vastly experienced, highly commercial, client-focussed M&A experts. The team are highly pragmatic and focus on getting the deal done. They offer a full service across all M&A work streams and they work brilliantly with in house teams. Far better value than magic circle alternatives.’
‘Excellent quality of client service with partner-led support. The offering from GT is very good value for money with the quality of work product and service matching the top firms but at a significantly lower price. The team always work to find ways to offer cost efficient support and often stick close to any quotes, or flag changes in advance to avoid surprises.’
‘Paul Maher is market-leading and very commercial. Paul is always on hand to offer support and advice on complex matters.’
‘Sarah Moyles is an asset to the firm and has supported on another of our transactions. Sarah is always available and ensures a smooth process irrespective of whether it is a UK-based deal or through one of the GT international offices.’
‘An impressive team to work with. I think what makes this team unique is that you get real partner commitment rather than a revolving door of people dealing with matters. GT’s corporate team have an impressive reach to advise on cross jurisdictional aspects.
‘Joel Wheeler has the unique combination of being technically excellent / all over the detail whilst also being extremely commercial and strategic. Joel commits to a deal and does what is necessary to get it over the line, not an easy feat with multiple (and sometimes difficult) counter-parties.’
Rentokil Initial PLC
Smiths Group PLC
Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC
Cromwell European Real Estate Fund
Bracco Imaging SpA
Vista Equity Partners
Platform Specialty Products Corporation
Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB
Api Group Corporation
Consortium of Barenboim, Leumi Partners
Dream Industrial REIT
Tuscan Holdings Corp.
- Advised Rentokil on the acquisition of the Boecker Group, a leading environmental health services provider headquartered in Lebanon and operational throughout the Middle East and in Africa.
- Represented APi Group in respect of its acquisition of the fire and safety solutions business of Chubb, owned by Carrier Corporation.
- Acted as counsel to SBA Communications Corp in relation to the establishment of a joint venture between SBA as majority owner, and Paradigm Infrastructure Limited.
Fielding a ‘very strong, partner-led service’ and ‘key international offering’, Jones Day is regularly sought out by some of the world’s largest companies, asset managers, and finance players for big-ticket transactions. The team is particularly well regarded for its capabilities in public takeover bids, driven largely by the efforts of the ‘fantastic’ Leon Ferera and former UK Takeover Panel case officer William McDonald. EMEA M&A chair Vica Irani is a highly prolific advisor who regularly works with a varied roster of clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions. Giles Elliott ‘s recent highlights include transatlantic M&A deals in the manufacturing and real estate sectors, while Julian Runnicles often handles healthcare, life sciences, and energy matters.
Giles Elliott; Leon Ferera; Vica Irani
Other key lawyers:
William McDonald; Julian Runnicles
‘I worked with Jones Day on a very complicated transaction which touched on M&A, commercial and litigation. Through it all, JD was a tireless collaborator and provided excellent advice and supported us through completion. The lead partner takes true ownership of the relationship, so despite moving through departments and countries, I felt we received seamless, joined- up advice.’
‘When it comes to what they concentrate on, they are excellent. They truly breathe team culture. I did not find myself having to explain the situation to every department. Even though they were not very familiar with our specific industry, they learned very quickly and helped us think creatively by introducing relevant concepts from adjacent industries.’
‘Leon Ferera and his team are the market-leading practice in contested large public market M&A transactions due to their encyclopaedic knowledge of the UK Takeover Code and familiarity with Panel Executives. This is reflected in a highly proactive approach to their clients in technical areas such as cash confirmation which enables the deal team to stay ahead of the curve.’
‘Very strong, partner-led service. They have a focus on strategic delivery of a transaction from start to finish – very strong international offering in key jurisdictions.’
‘Across the board, really strong commercially focused, partner-led, team. Clearly spend a lot of time planning their way through transactions. Standard of associates is particularly strong.’
‘Leon Ferera is a fantastic partner, always looking for a solution, a real deal maker, providing real counsel, able to say stop when needed, or go the extra mile when the deal needs to be closed!’
Macquarie Asset Management
J.F. Lehman & Company
Roundly praised for their knowledge and expertise, the fast-growing team at Milbank works closely with the firm’s robust international network on a diverse mix of multi-billion dollar deals. The highly experienced practice co-chair Mark Stamp is especially well-versed in transactions with a strong Greek or Cypriot dimension, while fellow co-chair Lisa O’Neill is regularly engaged by a mix of listed corporates, international energy companies, and investment funds. Andrej Wolf is noted for his expertise in upper mid-market private equity deals and growth capital investments, handling transactions for clients invested in IT, aviation, sport, and real estate. The team’s lateral hiring streak continued with the arrival of Andrea Hamilton, an antitrust and FDI expert who worked for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP until December 2021. Special counsel Andrew Reilly is recommended for his wide-ranging corporate finance acumen.
Mark Stamp; Lisa O’Neill
Other key lawyers:
Andrej Wolf; Andrea Hamilton; Andrew Reilly
‘Excellent practice with a good reputation.’
‘Their knowledge and expertise was unmatched. Strong knowledge of the clients they work with, great coordination, able to put a large team together to get a complex situation solved, and able to process multiple transaction documents in parallel whilst maintaining competitive dynamics. Very collaborative with all the advisors.’
‘Lisa O’Neill and Andrew Reilly are friendly, flexible experts. Very technical and give the best advice at all times.’
Allianz Global Investors
National Bank of Greece
Eurobank Ergasias S.A.
Turkish Wealth Fund
The Cranemere Group
Park Square Partners
Sun European Partners
Carlyle Aviation Partners
- Advised Maverick Aviation Partnership LP, an investment vehicle managed by Carlyle Aviation Partners, in connection with an agreement to acquire AMCK Aviation’s (“AMCK”) portfolio of aircraft.
- Advised Italgas S.p.A. in connection with signing definitive agreements to acquire a 100% stake in DEPA Infrastructure S.A. for €733m.
- Represented PPC in its competitive auction process for the sale of a 49% stake in the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator.
Drawing on its robust international footprint, Paul Hastings LLP‘s London team consistently advises on high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions for a broad sweep of companies from the worlds of telecoms, energy, software, sports, and entertainment. Steven Bryan runs the team’s energy, natural resources, and infrastructure desk, while Ronan O’Sullivan‘s comprehensive transactional capabilities see him handling deals for clients in biotechnology, industrial engineering, and the leisure sector. Matthew Poxon‘s reputation for transatlantic M&A ensures that he is regularly sought out by some of the world’s leading corporates and financial institutions. Senior associate David Prowse is also recommended.
Ronan O’Sullivan; Steven Bryan; Matthew Poxon
Other key lawyers:
City Football Group
PineBridge Benson Elliot
Abercrombie & Kent
International Holding Company
The Bank of London
- Represented Moody’s Corporation on its $2bn acquisition of RMS from Daily Mail and General Trust plc.
- Advised Madison Industries as lead transaction counsel in an agreement to acquire Nortek Air for $3.63bn.
- Led on all of The Bank of London’s equity raises, including acting on its behalf on its recent round-C investment valuing the bank in excess of $1bn.
Following the arrival of the ‘exceptional’ practice head Philip Cheveley in May 2021, Shearman & Sterling LLP has continued to build out its London offering, bringing in corporate finance specialist Magaen Morrison from Hogan Lovells International LLP in March 2022 and making the TMT and energy focused Richard Porter up to partner. Global private capital head Paul Strecker is a prolific transactional lawyer whose multiple qualifications (England & Wales, New York, California, and Hong Kong) make him ideally positioned to represent a diverse roster of clients in high-stakes, cross-border deals. Nick Withers’ broad capabilities sees him handling all manner of work, with recent highlights including high-value disposals in the mining, shipping, and insurance sectors. Senior associate Isla Smith is also recommended. Former Europe and Middle East M&A head Laurence Levy has now retired.
Other key lawyers:
Nick Withers; Maegen Morrison; Richard Porter
‘A fabulous team managed by Phil Cheveley. Very much a people person, and very able when it comes to managing multiple different strands of a project.’
‘Phil Cheveley stands out as an exceptional lawyer: a great communicator, problem solver, and very proactive. He really is the finished article.’
Marubeni Corporation, INCJ, and Mitsui OSK Lines
SS&C Technologies Holdings
International Finance Corporation
Santander Bank Polska
Qatar Investment Authority
International Media Investments
- Advised Chipita S.A. on its sale to Mondelez Nederland Services B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mondelēz International, Inc. (Mondelez), for €1.7bn.
- Advised Microvast, Inc., on its business combination with Tuscan Holdings Corp. a special purpose acquisition company, which resulted in Microvast becoming a NASDAQ-listed company named Microvast Holdings, Inc.
- Advised Anglo American on the sale of its 33.3% shareholding in the Cerrejón Joint Venture to Glencore PLC for approximately $294m.
Sidley Austin LLP‘s ‘winning combination of technical expertise and deep knowledge of the market‘ makes the firm a strong choice for a diverse roster of corporates, ranging from pharmaceutical companies and consumer goods conglomerates to asset managers. Practice chair Thomas Thesing‘s recent highlights include multi-jurisdictional acquisitions for leading food companies and e-commerce platforms, while Lyndsey Laverack anchors the team’s real estate investment-focused offering – helming high-profile deals for a mix of leading industry players. James Wood focuses on cross-border deals in the life sciences, telecom, and technology sectors, and is particularly well-versed in matters with a strong Asian dimension. Senior associate Ed Perry is also recommended. Life sciences specialist Robert Darwin joined the team from Dechert LLP in March 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Lyndsey Laverack; James Wood; Ed Perry
‘Sidley’s M&A team offers a winning combination of technical expertise and deep knowledge of the market, strong negotiation skills and client focused approach and responsiveness. They are excellent at understanding and tackling complex transactions in an efficient and effective way, delivering outstanding results for the client.’
‘On a complex multi-jurisdictional deal, Sidley delivered work of a consistently high standard, which in addition to UK and US advice involved collating and interpreting advice from local counsel across the globe, to deliver against extremely challenging timelines. Their insurance sector expertise is impressive, particularly within their regulatory team.’
‘All of the team work tirelessly to deliver consistently high service.’
Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Archer Daniels Midland Company
MBE Worldwide S.p.A.
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Colliers International Group
- Advised Huma Therapeutics on its acquisition of iPLATO Healthcare.
- Represented MBE WorldWide S.p.A. in its acquisition of PrestaShop S.A.
- Represented Colliers on the acquisition of a 75% strategic investment in Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP.
Covington & Burling LLP
Steered by European corporate head Gregor Frizzell, Covington & Burling LLP‘s London office handles a steady stream of multi-jurisdictional deals for oil companies, tech sector players, and market-leading pharmaceutical conglomerates – where James Halstead is a key advisor. Louise Nash is reputed for her prolificity in tech, life sciences, and luxury goods M&A. Recent highlights for cross-border specialist Simon Amies include multi-billion dollar acquisitions in the semiconductor and cybersecurity arenas, while James Gubbins' expertise notably encompasses VC-driven deals. Transatlantic specialist Brandon Thompson and associate Luciana Griebel are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Louise Nash; Simon Amies; James Gubbins; James Halstead; Brandon Thompson; Luciana Griebel
Elanco Animal Health
Merck & Co., Inc. (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada)
NCC Group PLC
Renesas Electronics Corporation
- Represented the joint venture formed by ACWA Power, Aramco, Air Products and Air Products Qudra in connection with the acquisition and financial close of project financing for the $12bn air separation unit, gasification and power joint venture in Jazan Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
- Advised Merck & Co Inc. in connection with its $9bn spinoff of its women’s health, legacy products and biosimilars to newly-created Organon & Co.
- Advised Renesas Electronics Corporation in its €4.9bn acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor plc.
Dechert LLP‘s growing London team draws praise from a host of regulated corporates, banks, and investment firms its capabilities in high-value transactions. Practice co-chair Christopher Field‘s ‘excellent intellect’ makes him a key contact for some of the firm’s most significant financial services clients, who turn to him for his far-reaching expertise in multi-billion dollar, cross-border M&A. Douglas Getter‘s focus on international transactions sees him handling a significant volume of big-ticket mandates, most recently for clients in the tech, banking, and manufacturing sectors. Sean Geraghty is chiefly recognised for his TMT credentials, whereas Ross Montgomery – who was promoted to partner in January 2022 – has played critical roles in strategic telecoms divestitures and infrastructure investment transactions. Notable recent additions include PE transactional specialists Mark Thompson and Sam Whittaker, who joined the team from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP – arriving in July 2021 and August 2021, respectively.
Other key lawyers:
‘A real high-quality team. Very bright and hard working without the ego that sometimes accompanies this quality.’
‘Chris Field is a real corporate law specialist. An excellent intellect.’
‘Sam Whittaker is a great addition to the team. Super bright and hardworking, and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Always available, highly responsive, and fast in highly demanding cases. Fully committed – they brought on resources to accommodate increasing requirements, with complex expertise.’
Au10tix Technologies B.V.
Bank Audi s.a.l.
Branded E-Commerce Holding GmbH
Crown Holdings, Inc.
Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, S.A. (OTE)
Phoenix Insurance Company
Slinger Bag, Inc.
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
- Advised T. Rowe Price Group on its $4.2bn acquisition of Oak Hill Advisors.
- Advised GIC alongside Harbour Energy on the $3.5bn reverse takeover by private equity-backed Chrysaor of London-listed Premier Oil plc.
- Advised Crown Holdings, Inc on the $2.8bn carve-out and sale of an 80% stake in its European food can business.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is praised by clients for its flexibility and commerciality in transatlantic deals. The team has recently advised on a range of sales, purchases, and joint ventures for a host of blue-chip tech, healthcare, media, and consumer goods entities. Practice chair Ian Lopez routinely handles transactions in all of the aforementioned sectors, and has most recently led a multi-billion dollar de-SPAC merger for a major diagnostics company, working in tandem with associate Nicholas Skill. Fellow associate James Frecknall also comes recommended. A team including Dan Oates, Simon Saitowitz and Angela Becker left to join Ropes & Gray in April 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Nicholas Skill; James Frecknall
‘Very experienced M&A team that is flexible and business-focused. Strategic, proactive, excellent advisors and negotiators. Strong draftsmen. Creative problem solvers.’
‘Ian Lopez and James Frecknall are each experienced, smart, creative, friendly, collaborative, business-minded, proactive, and strong negotiators.’
Jacobs Engineering Group
Domino’s Pizza Group plc (“DPG”)
Guardian Media Group
Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing Group
Traeger Pellet Grills
Liberty Global plc
- Acted as counsel to LumiraDx on its merger with CA Healthcare Acquisition Corp, resulting in a LumiraDx NASDAQ listing. The “de-SPAC” transaction valued the enlarged LumiraDx group at in excess of $3bn.
- Acted as counsel to Jacobs Engineering Group in its strategic partnership with PA Consulting Group to acquire a 65% stake in PA Consulting from The Carlyle Group. The transaction valued PA Consulting at £1.825bn.
- Acted as counsel to Liberty Global in connection with a long-term 50:50 joint venture with InfraVia Capital Partners.
Mayer Brown International LLP’s corporate and securities practice is noted for its proficiency in cross-border transactions, working with a litany of renowned entities from the worlds of manufacturing, tech, financial services, and media and entertainment. The ‘impressive’ Kate Ball-Dodd is regularly engaged on the full scope of corporate finance and M&A deals, including public takeovers and joint ventures. Richard Page ‘s expertise is concentrated in the real estate, private equity, and TMT sectors, while Tim Nosworthy ‘s deep knowledge of the funds space makes him a key contact for various asset managers and institutional investors. Rebecca Bothamley – who also heads up the transactional liability practice – frequently helms transatlantic deals for all manner of clients.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Page; Tim Nosworthy; Rebecca Bothamley
‘Very client and results focused. Kate Ball-Dodd and the team have a clear focus on the results you are trying to achieve and take responsibility for driving transactions forward in a pragmatic and efficient manner.’
‘Kate Ball-Dodd is a very impressive lawyer, who really takes charge of matters. She is pragmatic and solutions-focused in her advice and manages her team effectively.’
Entertainment One Limited
Generac Power Systems, Inc.
Refinitiv/London Stock Exchange Group
- Represented Lear Corporation in its acquisition of the Interior Comfort Systems (ICS) business unit of Kongsberg Automotive ASA.
- Represented Klesch Group in the acquisition of the Kalundborg refinery in Denmark from Equinor, together with its subsequent inventory financing and factoring arrangements.
- Represented Refinitiv in the sale of the businesses known as eGRC, Connected Risk, ERM and Auto-Audit, leading providers of governance, risk and compliance tools.
Fielding a highly regarded bench of London partners who work closely with the firm’s international offices, Morrison Foerster‘s wide-ranging tech and venture capital expertise ensures that the team is sought out by numerous established corporates and deal sponsors. Singled out for his wealth of expertise, the ‘fantastic’ Andrew Boyd is particularly well-versed in tech, food, and financial sector matters, working with an assortment of household names on major strategic deals. Gary Brown draws similarly superlative praise, especially when it comes to cross-border tech M&A and private equity-driven investment transactions. The seasoned Dan Coppel focuses on tech, manufacturing, and energy mandates, while Simon Arlington notably handles biotech and pharmaceutical M&A, and Stuart Alford works with a global portfolio of tech entities. Amit Kataria left the firm in 2022.
Andrew Boyd; Gary Brown; Dan Coppel; Stuart Alford; Simon Arlington
‘Understanding your client is a phrase that is bandied around the legal industry very loosely, but the Morrison Foerster team fundamentally live that ethos.’
‘An outstanding capability to put themselves in the shoes of the client: propose way forwards, solutions, are on track and remain always innovative in legal solutions. Perfect firm to work with.’
‘Gary Brown has all the qualities we look for in a partner. Amazing ability to stay on track on all topics and to be always available. Legal skills are beyond outstanding and relationship with client is the best we can imagine. Has set the perfect standard we’d love to find in all the external counsels we look for. Gary’s spirit and excellence can be seen in all its team members.’
‘Andrew Boyd is fantastic; pragmatic, tons of expertise, and a joy to work with.’
‘Great team, well organised for large multi-jurisdictional matters, and possess a seamless ability to involve the right partners as needed.’
‘Gary Brown displays exceptional matter leadership. Very much an in the detail senior partner. Even at this level responsiveness was incredible.
‘Simon Arlington is knowledgable and responsive.’
SoftBank Group Corp.
Tate & Lyle PLC
Axalta Coating Systems
Genius Sports Group Limited
Verisem BV / Paine Schwartz Partners
Cambridge Quantum (now part of Honeywell Group)
Omya International AG
Ally Bridge Group
- Advised SoftBank Group Corp. in the proposed $65bn sale of Arm Limited to NVIDIA, including the carve-out of Arm’s IoT and Treasure Data businesses from its licensing business.
- Advised Cambridge Quantum in its combination with Honeywell Quantum Solutions, to form quantum computing hardware and software provider Quantinuum.
- Advised Tate & Lyle in its acquisition of global Stevia producer Sweet Green Fields.
Steered by the highly experienced global PE and M&A co-chair Steven Davis, Proskauer Rose LLP is rated for both its ‘unparalleled sector expertise‘ and interdisciplinary approach to high-value transactions across the financial, TMT, and professional services arenas. The ‘excellent‘ Andrew Wingfield is especially well regarded for his adeptness in banking and insurance M&A, while Adam Creed is a frequent port of call for many leading private equity firms and asset managers. Associate Matt Clift advises on a wide range of matters, from sovereign wealth fund-driven buyouts to sports sector transactions. Private equity M&A specialist Rebecca Villarreal joined the team from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in June 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Wingfield; Matt Clift; Rebecca Villarreal; Rob Day; Richard Bull
‘Unparalleled sector expertise, billing transparency, very commercial. Super insightful, always fight in your corner. Great M&A specialists. We’ve done five deals with them and we’re very excited to do more.’
‘Very friendly, commercial and always cater for your circumstances. Very open about billing, listen to the feedback. Market and sector expertise allows to provide necessary insights to me as the CEO and owner of the business.’
‘This team has an excellent legal expertise covering the broad corporate M&A space but with deeper sector knowledge that is invaluable. They work extremely hard and take innovative approaches to solving complex issues. They are able to leverage the other practices within Proskauer Rose, including regulatory issues and tax.’
‘Andrew Wingfield has – in my view – an unparalleled capacity to get things done. He is incisive and has an ability to cut through to the important issues and get them resolved. This helps remove emotion from often tricky M&A negotiations. He is creative when it comes to problem solving and his broader understanding of tax and regulatory impacts ensures there is no unnecessary duplication of effort, only bringing in those colleague as required.’
‘Andrew Wingfield’s grasp of complex corporate issues is excellent. His experience in and knowledge of regulated financial services, including the banking and insurance sectors, is invaluable.’
AnaCap Financial Partners
Charterhouse Capital Partners
Exponent Private Equity
One Peak Partners
Pollen Street Capital
- Advised Accor SA on the creation of £1.2bn joint venture between Accor and Ennismore for the management and operation of lifestyle hotels internationally.
- Advised ICG on the sale of Park Holidays UK Ltd. to New York-listed Sun Communities for £1bn, as well as its investment in Lucid Group.
- Advised AnaCap Financial Partners on a series of investment transactions, including the €300m acquisition of a majority interest in Market Pay.